Speaker Muturi claims Raila Odinga did not architect Thika Superhighway

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 21:48 | By
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi. Photo/PD/JOSEPH KING’ORI

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has dismissed as dishonest, claims by ODM party leader Raila Odinga that he was the brains behind major infrastructural developments like the Thika superhighway.

"These are cheap lies if you like history this much at least tell the truth and don't be selective," said Muturi who is aspiring for the presidency on a Democratic Party ticket.

Last Saturday, Odinga told an Azimio la Umoja rally in Thika that he engineered the building of Thika road among other major projects during his tenure as Roads Minister under retired President Mwai Kibaki.

Muturi, while addressing a cross-section of grassroots leaders and residents of Gatundu South at a Ruiru hotel, told leaders and aspirants to be honest and stop spreading cheap propaganda.

At the same time, the NA Speaker warned residents of the Mt Kenya region against being divided by those seeking to ascend to power.

He said that everyone seeking to lead the country should respect other political parties and shun from branding some as tribal, referring to Martha Karua's Narc Kenya, Moses Kuria's Chama Cha Kazi, Mwangi Kiunjuri's The Service Party, and William Kabogo's Tujibebe Wakenya Party among others.

"It is clear that the aim of some presidential hopefuls is to divide Mt Kenya so that it becomes easy to rule them but I am telling you there's strength in unity, we should remain united as members of one family," he said.

Muturi stated that those alleged to be frontrunners in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta do not have the interests of people from the Mountain at heart but were only after their votes.

"If one is interested in 20 percent of your support, that's your worth to them, they don't care about the rest of the population be warned not to gamble with," he said.

He also cautioned that should Raila and Ruto decide to join forces the Mt Kenya people would lose big time

He also asked the grassroots leaders to be his ambassadors and campaigners in the region.

He reiterated his commitment to running for presidency saying no one should be discriminated against on ethnic grounds

"People may say it should not be another Kikuyu again, but it is our constitutional right to contest any seat no matter where one comes from," Muturi said and added that he is consulting other like-minded leaders.

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